We had a chance to see Ricky Town and his Seraph teammates in action last season in week two against an always tough Corona (Calif.) Centennial squad. Midway through the 2nd half, Town took a late hit towards the sideline and came up favoring his left leg.
He played the rest of the game but had to sit out the next three games and the knee never fully recovered. We saw Town last January at the first Elite 11 Regional Camp and again in March at the SoCal NIKE Camp and he wasn't throwing with his usual zip and the ball just wasn't coming out of his hand the way we were used to seeing it.
"It was frustrating for me because I was struggling with throws that I usually make with ease," Town said. "I didn't have any pop to my throws so I finally told my dad I needed to go to the doctor and have it checked out.
"They did an arthroscopic and it turned out I had a bone bruise on my knee. It made sense because that's my plant leg and I wasn't able to use my lower body at all, I was throwing with all arm. I never said anything, I didn't want to make any excuses.
"I took about four weeks off and just rehabbed the muscles around the knee. I now feel stronger than I did before the injury. It feels good to be able to move around and plant and throw with confidence. The USC camp was the first time all spring I felt like myself and I had a great time."
Town said having the chance to work with the Trojan coaches and do some recruiting was another benefit from the camp.
"I loved working with the coaches, they made it fun for me," Town said. "They ran the camp like they do a practice so it was high tempo, a lot of energy with the music blaring. I got to work closely with Coach Sark and Coach Helton and the whole camp was a great experience.
"I did as much recruiting as I could too. Ray McCloud was there the second day and he's legit. There was also a Florida commit, Tristan Payton and he was very good too. I think he got MVP that first day. He was like a vacuum cleaner, I could throw the ball up anywhere near him and he would come down with it.
"Tyler Petite is a great looking tight end and we really connected well on the field. We did some 7v7 and he was great out there. I also talked with guys like Iman Marshall and Equanimeous St. Brown, who were there but not working out. I had a great time and really enjoyed it there."
While Town is very excited to be a Trojan, it sounds like he may have company at the quarterback position. USC recently offered San Clemente's (Calif.) Sam Darnold but Town said he has no problem with that.
"I don't care who they bring in, I understand that college football is a business," Town said. "You have to bring in as much talent as you can so I get that. I know you have to always be ready to compete but I'm confident in myself.
"I honestly can't wait to get going. I'm very excited to be a Trojan and being at the camp last week just got me that much more exited about it. I'm enjoying recruiting other players and I think we're going to have a pretty good recruiting class and I'm excited to be a part of that."